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Wolfgang Merx - Security (waag_rel040)


Published January 13, 2014


After my first album trilogy of "Ghost Drones", "Vanguard" and "Chrome Dreams" created a droning world of its own, it was time to move on and leave this world. With most of 2013 being very quiet for me in terms of making music the first days of 2014 seemed to give way to all that remained silent during the past year. Suddenly old ideas – some dating back to 2010 when my first music project The Hard Drive became a full band but never finished the “On The Healing Road” album – turned into proper songs easily, something that seemed nearly impossible last year. Too many other thoughts kept me from making music but some of them created the theme of the album.

The title "Security" is not only a hint at this album being my fourth (spot the reference there if you like) but it also names what has become one of today's most important values. Of course (or rather: sadly) there are plenty of double standards behind this value: mass surveillance becoming apparent, modern drone warfare in action nearly all over the world (giving the genre of the same name a new meaning as well), the recession shaking every economical concept to a degree of almost religious belief in money and fate, thus revealing what many of the '1 %' and their right hands really seem to care about only, seemingly helpless politicians between promises and lust for power, growing fear and social isolation especially in huge cities, the cultural mainstream turning into a meaningless void – and masses of people reacting with nothing but indifference, believing they are safe and secure and wondering about those who stand up.

It all reminds me of George Orwell's “1984” and Aldous Huxley's “Brave New World”. Perhaps this is the world we now live in: a world of this 'security'.

For Steve Morton and Lou Reed. Rest In Peace!

- Wolfgang

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My intention for weareallghosts was to be a hub of 'out there' creativity and I am delighted to present "Security (waag_rel040)" to you.

What can I say about Wolfgang Merx's music and, in particular, "Security (waag_rel040)"? It is as beautiful as it is dissonant, as creative as it is incongruous, a paradoxical expression laid bare for all to hear.

Merx's music needs to be experienced. It doesn't work when you 'dip in' ... you need to commit and 'dive in' ... you need to look to the longer term rather than immediate gratification ... all does become apparent when you do.

An MP3 version of this album is available for free on Archive or a lossless version available on Bandcamp for 'pay what you want' which does include £0 ... and remember, paying supporters on Bandcamp also get unlimited mobile access to the album using the free Bandcamp listening app.

If you do decide to download this album for free then all we ask in return is that you tell your friends, tweet a link or post it on Facebook, write a review and spread the word.

- Thomas

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